My life has been so busy that I haven't found time to post for over two years. My blog, and many other things, have been sadly neglected. Between Brock's Phd program and running our home business, we have been busier than we can manage. I have almost felt like I didn't have time to breathe. It has been a very difficult time for us. But we felt that we were doing what we were supposed to be doing. And we were grateful for the Phd opportunity that Brock had always wanted, and the ability to stay afloat financially through our business.
Now, we are at a new beginning: a big adventure, and new chapter in our life has begun.
The sunrise on February 15, 2014, our first morning in Daejeon, taken from our balcony.
It all began in early September, when Brock was unexpectedly offered a professorship at Solbridge, an international business school in Daejeon, South Korea. This offer came 2.5 days before our second daughter, Natasha, entered the MTC to study Korean and prepare for her mission in The Korea Seoul South Mission for our church. And so really, it began a year ago, last March, when she decided to meet with her Bishop at BYU and begin submitting her papers to serve a mission. Her call to Korea that came in April was very unexpected. She grew up in Japan, attending Japanese public school, and so is fluent in Japanese. With her Japanese abilities, no one could have imagined that she would receive a call to Korea. And now, 6 months later, here we are in Korea also. Life is interesting - to say the least.
Daejeon is a little west the center of South Korea, about 2.5 hours south of Seoul.
Our life is in some ways more complicated now. We have language and cultural issues and misunderstandings. We don't have a car yet. We are outside of the culture. We are homeschooling. We can't read the instructions on how to use our appliances, and the list goes on. But in so many ways, our life is much more simple. We don't have a car yet. There are a lot of things we don't know how to do. We are outside of the culture. We are homeschooling, (things that complicate can also simplify) and the list goes on. I hope to focus on the simplicity of our life here, and the things that we discover about ourselves, the Koreans, and the world as our adventure develops.